Cynthia Whitesel, professor of practice at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), wrote the original print version of this guide and significant additions to the first iteration of the online guide. She has a background in comparative literature and teaches writing and technical editing.
Daniel Gallagher, academic director of research and writing services in the Undergraduate School, provided curriculum review of the revised guide.
Scott Vanek, instructional designer in the Course Development unit of UMUC’s Office of Instructional Services and Support, provided instructional design review and served as project manager for the revised guide.
Lynn Walter, senior editor, Course Development, edited the revised guide.
José Olivieri, programmer and web specialist, Course Development, designed the new interface for the revised guide.
Sherri Clark and Bernita Davis, web production specialists, Course Development, provided HTML coding support and prepared these modules for web publication.
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is unique among institutions of higher education. From its founding in 1947, UMUC was designed to meet the educational needs of adult students—students who must balance study with the demands of work and family life. Today UMUC has grown to be the largest public university in the nation, serving students throughout the state, the country, and the world. Yet its focus on providing open access to high-quality educational programs and services—eliminating the barriers that can keep students from achieving their educational goals—remains unchanged.
UMUC offers degree programs from the associate’s level to the doctorate. Most undergraduate and graduate programs are available online. For their core studies, students may choose one of 33 majors from a wide variety of academic fields, including business, cybersecurity, humanities, communications, biotechnology, social sciences, legal studies, environmental management, gerontology, and fire science. Academic minors are available in 38 different areas. The majors and minors provide focused courses of study that are developed and kept current through consultation with faculty, employers, professional and educational organizations, and other experts in the field. These academic programs prepare students for the modern workplace and also help working students put their current knowledge into a broader context. Recognizing the importance of lifelong learning, UMUC also offers 31 undergraduate certificates covering specific content areas in business and management, communications, computing and technology, gerontology, paralegal studies, and science and security. Certificates are especially valuable for students who wish to refresh their skills and knowledge, advance to a higher level or different specialty in the workplace, or earn a credential for career advancement while progressing toward the bachelor’s degree. Courses toward these certificates may also be applied toward the bachelor’s degree.